Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary’s face later appeared on the front of the New Zealand five-pound note… He was made an honorary citizen of Nepal in 2003… His first wife and their youngest daughter were killed in a plane crash in Nepal in 1975… Hillary’s son Peter is also a climber. Peter reached the summit of Everest in 1990, making the Hillarys the first father and son to reach the top… News of Edmund Hillary’s success reached Britain on June 2nd, the day of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II… After his death, Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand called Hillary “the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived.”
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